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Michelangelo 1475-1564 arguably one of the most inspired creators in the history of art and with Leonardo da Vinci the most potent force in the Italian High Renaissance As a sculptor architect painter and poet he exerted a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and on subsequent Western art in general A Florentine - although born March 6 1475 in the small village of Caprese near Arezzo - Michelangelo continued to have a deep attachment to his city its art and its culture throughout his long life He spent the greater part of his adulthood in Rome employed by the popes characteristically however he left instructions that he be buried in Florence and his body was placed there in a fine monument in the church of Santa Croce Early Life in FlorenceMichelangelos father a Florentine official named Ludovico Buonarroti with connections to the ruling Medicifamily placed his 13-year-old son in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio After about two yearsMichelangelo studied at the sculpture school in the Medici gardens and shortly thereafter was invited into thehousehold of Lorenzo de Medici the Magnificent There he had an opportunity to converse with the youngerMedicis two of whom later became popes Leo X and Clement VII He also became acquainted with suchhumanists as Marsilio Ficino and the poet Angelo Poliziano who were frequent visitors Michelangelo produced atleast two relief sculptures by the time he was 16 years old the Battle of the Centaurs and the
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